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Stage Beauty

Stage Beauty film poster
Directed by Richard Eyre
Produced by Robert De Niro,
Hardy Justice,
Jane Rosenthal
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher
Starring Billy Crudup,
Claire Danes,
Rupert Everett,
Zoe Tapper
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date(s) 8 May 2004
Running time 106 minutes
Country UK / US
Language English
IMDb profile

Stage Beauty is a 2004 romantic drama film set in the 1660s, starring Claire Danes and Billy Crudup. It was directed by Sir Richard Eyre and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from his own play, Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Image File history File links This is a copyrighted poster. ... Sir Richard Eyre, (born 28 March 1943), is a British film and theatre director. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Jeffrey Hatcher is a playwright. ... William Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. ... Claire Catherine Danes (born on April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American film, television, and theater actress. ... Rupert James Hector Everett (born May 29, 1959) is an English actor and a former singer. ... Zoe Tapper is a British actress. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (129th in leap years). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Much like American popular music, American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... While most films have some aspect of romance between characters (at least as a subplot,) a romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the storys protagonists. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... Claire Catherine Danes (born on April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American film, television, and theater actress. ... William Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. ... Sir Richard Eyre, (born 28 March 1943), is a British film and theatre director. ... Jeffrey Hatcher is a playwright. ...

It follows the fortunes of and relationship between Maria (sounds like Mariah) (Claire Danes), one of the first actresses to perform female roles on the English stage, and Edward Kynaston (Billy Crudup) one of the leading male actors of these roles. Although the Maria character and the storyline is fictional, it is based on the historical period (c. 1660) when actresses first appeared on the English stage, and includes real historical figures such as Edward (Ned) Kynaston, Samuel Pepys, Charles II and Charles II's favourite mistress, Nell Gwynne. They love eachother greatly. Edward Kynaston (c. ... Samuel Pepys, FRS (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, famous chiefly for his comprehensive diary. ... Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was the King of England, King of Scots, and King of Ireland from 30 January 1649 (de jure) or 29 May 1660 (de facto) until his death. ... Nell Gwyn (or Gwynn or Gwynne), was born Eleanor Gwynne, (February 1650 - 14 November 1687), the most famous of the many mistresses of King Charles II, was called pretty, witty Nell by Samuel Pepys. ...


Historical accuracy

Some of the film's scenes have a historical basis. The first English actress is indeed believed to have performed the role of Desdemona in Othello, although her name is unknown (Thomson, 206-7). The sequence in which Kynaston rides with ladies in a coach dressed as a woman is based on a contemporary anecdote. Othello and Desdemona by Alexandre-Marie Colin. ...

However, the film also contains some inaccuracies; in particular Nell Gwynne is represented as a mistress of the King who subsequently becomes an actress; in fact she was already a theatre actress when the King met her. The sequence in which Maria and Kynaston discover naturalistic acting is also anachronistic, as naturalism was not developed until the nineteenth century. Nell Gwyn (or Gwynn or Gwynne), was born Eleanor Gwynne, (February 1650 - 14 November 1687), the most famous of the many mistresses of King Charles II, was called pretty, witty Nell by Samuel Pepys. ... Naturalism is a movement in theater, film, and literature that seeks to replicate a believable everyday reality, as opposed to such movements as Romanticism or Surrealism, in which subjects may receive highly symbolic, idealistic, or even supernatural treatment. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Filming locations

Most of Stage Beauty's external scenes were shot on location in Greenwich, London, at the 17th century Greenwich Hospital (now the University of Greenwich); some scenes were also filmed in the Hospital's Painted Hall. Greenwich is a town, now part of the south eastern urban sprawl of London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... The Greenwich Hospital was founded in 1694 as the Royal Naval Hospital for Seamen. ... Statue of George II in the Grand Square of the University, with the dome above the Chapel entrance to the left. ...

Memorable quotes

  • Ned Kynaston: “A woman playing a woman? Where's the trick in that?”
  • King Charles II: “Why shouldn't we have women on stage? After all, the French have been doing it for years.”
  • Sir Edward Hyde: “Whenever we're about to do something truly horrible, we always say that the French have been doing it for years.”
  • Ned Kynaston (who finds himself embarrassed when Maria uses this phrase against him as her own): “A part doesn't belong to an actor; an actor belongs to a part.”

Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (18 February 1609–9 December 1674) was an English historian, statesman and grandfather of two queens regnant, Mary II and Anne. ...

See also

Shakespeare in Love is an award-winning 1998 romantic comedy film. ...


  • Thomson, Peter. 'English Renaissance and Restoration Theatre', in The Oxford Illustrated Guide to Theatre, ed. John Rusell Brown (Oxford University Press, 1995), 173-219.

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